Parking Meter Privatization Protest Planned For Sunday In Wicker Park

Better late than never?

Despite the fact that Chicago’s parking meter lease is now well into its third year, a protest against the deal is planned for Sunday morning–at least according to a flier being circulated in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

This red 8.5″ x 11″ flier states, “Community residents in the Wicker Park area and throughout the City of Chicago are tired of the high cost of these leased meters…We need to send a message to the City Council to end this travesty. Please come and voice your opinion this coming Sunday.”

The press conference and protest is scheduled for Sunday, May 8th at 11:15 AM at 1400 N. Milwaukee Ave.  in front of the 7-11 convenience store at the corner of Wood and Milwaukee.

No other information regarding who or what organization is organizing the event is located on the flier.

11 Responses to Parking Meter Privatization Protest Planned For Sunday In Wicker Park

  1. glg says:

    what is their brilliant idea for paying back the money received? because there is no way the city is getting out of the lease without paying back a pro-rate on the money.

  2. DoR Employee says:

    In their outrage…how do they miss the fact that City Hall Controls the Meter Rates and Increases?

  3. Winky says:


    So what you’re saying is that Wicker Park residents can opt out of the parking meters as long as they agree to have their individual property taxes increased accordingly. That should cover the City’s liability for their share of the meter deal prepayment. I think they ought to go for it! I for one would love to park in their neighborhood for free!

  4. DoR Employee says:

    It is the Drivers responsibility to Pay the Meter when it is active and they park there. Not try to game the system with “flashing Hazard lights” and bullshit comments like “I was only getting starbucks/dry cleaning/whatever excuse.”

    The Meter Rate Increase was decided upon BEFORE the Lease was signed.

    The City is legally allowed to Lower Meter Hourly rates whenever they deem it necessary.

    As for your snarky comment… :P

    If the Wicker Park residents don’t want to pay the Meters….Don’t F’in Park on them.

    Or Have their respective aldermen Find out how much it would cost the Ward Budge to Pay to have ALL Meters removed.

    And at that point say goodbye to ever finding open parking spaces because all the Blue Line commuters will be parking there all day long every day.

  5. Sane Chicagoan says:

    Well put, DoR. Thanks for bringing a some clarity here.

  6. Winky says:


    There was no snarkasm intended. I meant every word and was posing a hypothetical for the Wicker Park residents. You’re also right on the ticketing issue not being related to the cost of the meter. You take your chances and smile when you get away with one, ten or twenty, so you shouldn’t cry when, (notice I didn’t say if), you get caught.

    I just realized that this press conference/rally will take place in front of the 7/11! Could this be some slurpee marketing genius at play?

  7. DoR Employee says:

    Thats the other point Winky.

    The Wicker Park residents are dumber than a box of rocks.

    Legally we are stuck with this lease unless the city can come up with 1.2 billion to throw at Morgan Stanley Et AL and tell them to piss off.

  8. John Adams says:

    DoR Employee said:
    “And at that point say goodbye to ever finding open parking spaces because all the Blue Line commuters will be parking there all day long every day.”

    And you know this how?

    DoR Employee said:
    “The Wicker Park residents are dumber than a box of rocks.”

    And you know THIS how?

  9. DoR Employee says:

    How John?

    They expect the in coming mayor to get rid of a Legal Contract…but seem to miss the point of what must happen to be able to do that.

    And John….ever try to find parking around an EL station that didn’t have metered spaces or RPP?

    F’ing Impossible unless you want to potentially walk blocks.

  10. I know says:

    I’m part of the group suing to overturn the Parking Meter deal. All the new Mayor would need to do is settle the lawsuit, and the funds could come from emptying out several of the TIF funds doing things like giving the CME/Board of Trade $15 million it didn’t ask for, that they used to upgrade the CBOT building, and are now attempting to ‘flip’ less than a year later, and now the CME is threatening to move out of the state.

    The Parking Meter deal is SO onerous as to be near criminal, and, won’t expire until after most of the people reading this post will be dead.

    I don’t know who tried to organize the rally, but more citizens should be clamoring to get this deal overturned.

  11. Chicagoland community activist Raul Montes, Jr. organized that press conference and protest against the parking meter debacle in Wicker Park. His political vigilance and endeavors against privatization in Chicago and New York City. It is fiscally irresponsible to sell a city’s assets to fill a budget concern. There should be a return a Federal tax return for residents when a city sells it’s assets. What precipitates this is fallen tax revenue, high unemployment, and collapse of the housing market. People dont understand the forfeiture of their rights and the ramifications of the city’s assets being sold. Chicago could of reaped more than $1.15 billion for the 75 year lease of its parking meters. People dont understand the predatory financial aspects of this consortium. Don’t PRIVATIZE.

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